Art Power Eyes First Group One Challenge In Nunthorpe

Art Power

One of the most exiting new sprinters of the season, Art Power Could step up to Group One company for the first time in his career in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York next month.

The son of Dark Angel has shown himself to be a aspiring talent for the Yorkshire based yard, winning three of his four outings to date, including the Five Furlong Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap at Royal Ascot this year.

That performance saw him land a hat-trick of wins and put himself on the map as a sprinter and from there has since stepped up once again.

Tim Easterby's three year old headed over to Naas for his Irish debut in the Group Three Lacken Stakes and at. short price made a decent field look very average to gain his fourth successive win.

After landing his three turf starts by a combined 11 lengths in mostly soft conditions, his handler believes he deserves a crack in the big races with the Nunthorpe a very obvious option.

(Credit "We're most likely aiming for the Nunthorpe," said Alastair Donald, racing manager to King Power Racing.

"There's an outside chance he could run at Goodwood if it happened to rain but there are a lot of nice targets in the autumn so we're going to try to keep him fresh for the likes of the Nunthorpe, Flying Five, Haydock Sprint Cup and Abbaye.

"There's a very good programme for him in September and October, when we know he'll get his ground."

Having stepped up to Group company for the first time at the start of the month and winning very impressively it has given his connections a very exciting feeling.

Donald added:"I think he'd have won by further at Naas if he'd got a better draw.

"He's an exciting prospect, he's rated 122 by Timeform and there aren't many three-year-old sprinters with those kind of figures, and we're aiming for a strong autumn with him."